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Farming

More fire bans ahead?

A fire on a rural property. Pressure is going on councils to introduce more burning bans after a recycling surge followed a ban in Canterbury at the start of the year.

Limits challenge dairying

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. Dairy industry faces a huge challenge if it is to remain profitable and competitive while farming within limits.

Higher standard sought

bee NZ's Environmental Protection Authority wants a a higher level of scientific evidence regarding the safety and effects of new pesticides.

Politics stirs dirty water issue

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team. OPINION: Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

a2 Milk Company approval

A2 Corporation. NZX-listed The a2 Milk Company has been approved to be a manufacturer of a finished infant-formula product to China.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

Politics stirs dirty water issue

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team. Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value

The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.

How now Fonterra cow?

We're losing critical capability

Spike in cow numbers

Dairy cows South Canterbury has more than doubled its dairy cattle numbers in just 10 years.

Confidence crisis

Dairy farmer confidence has ebbed while meat and fibre farmers remain positive

Easier to pay off farm

Mild winter good for pastures

Limits challenge dairying

Dairy industry faces a huge challenge if it is to remain profitable and competitive while farming within limits.

Red meat cooking again

Red meat carcasses. The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Dairy farmer confidence has ebbed while meat and fibre farmers remain positive

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat being jolted tender

Sustainable farm development

Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

China to be biggest lamb market?

Lamb shoulder ANZ agri chief says China could one day bypass the United Kingdom as the largest market for NZ lamb.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts inquiry

Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Shepherd to take on world's best

Sheep massacres linked?

Wool prices push up

Prices for coarse wool have bounced back, rising 11 per cent higher in the past three months.

Hemp touted as crop

marijuana Farmers growing a variety of cannabis could take Southland's economy to new highs.

Residues in fruit, vegetables

New study finds the presence of neonicatinoid residues in many fruit, vegetables and pollen in the US and NZ.

Maize options highlighted

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Farmers feel drinking change

Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

a2 Milk Company approval

A2 Corporation. NZX-listed The a2 Milk Company has been approved to be a manufacturer of a finished infant-formula product to China.

Demonstrating conservation

Endangered creatures flourish as a family figures out how to combine farming with eco-tourism.

Higher standard sought

Dairy farm sales down

More fire bans ahead?

Pressure is going on councils to introduce more burning bans after a recycling surge followed a ban in Canterbury at the start of the year.

Drought planning pays off

Drought Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Keep watch on running costs

Wage change eases pain

Cows like to be cool, too

AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Upbeat over tech future

When Nick and Anita Jurgens talk about their farming future, son Zander is at the forefront of their thoughts.

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Tailor made forecasting

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.